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Old 07-28-2010, 09:16 AM
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Has anyone ever built one of these?

We have been tasked with building one to span a 41" gap between the dock and the back of the truck.

Any insight out there?
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:41 AM
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You don't need to make a 'dock leveler' but you do need to make a 41" bridge.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:51 AM
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You don't need to make a 'dock leveler' but you do need to make a 41" bridge.

Yup. I need to make something to bridge the gap while carrying a loaded forklift and be raised and lowered with ease.

Nothing to it right? They already have a bridge that they set in place with the forklift and they have to set it and remove it with every truck load. They are absolutely refusing anything of this design because the forklift monkeys take too long to get it set.

Don't let liability scare you. Give me any ideas that you have.

How about ideas on how to use one of their bridges and an easy way to raise and lower it (tilt) it in place?

They are using something close to this but it has a jickey spring loaded set up for the forks that the monkeys have a hard time with causing time wasted.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:57 PM
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Just asking why does the dock plate have to be 41" out. Why can't the truck get closer? Or what is the reason for all this. Vernon
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It sounds like you need smarter fork jockeys. The problem with using a power hinged dock plate, if the end doesn't fold down, is they can leave it down when the truck backs in. That means a bent plate. If it is spring loaded to raise up to clear the truck it will be too high to back out of the trailer. Does this have to be able to move from dock to dock? Will there be one for each bay? We used a plate that had a vertical leg that kept it in place. It was just past the balance point, so the plate would stay on the forks. A slight up turn on the dock side made it easy to get the forks under it. Even the jockeys that could manage to break a machine a week could manage to work the plate.

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Old 07-28-2010, 04:40 PM
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Just asking why does the dock plate have to be 41" out. Why can't the truck get closer? Or what is the reason for all this. Vernon
The trucks have a lift gate on the back that hits the bump stops. That is what puts the truck deck out to 41".

It's all a cost factor.

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It sounds like you need smarter fork jockeys. The problem with using a power hinged dock plate, if the end doesn't fold down, is they can leave it down when the truck backs in. That means a bent plate. If it is spring loaded to raise up to clear the truck it will be too high to back out of the trailer. Does this have to be able to move from dock to dock? Will there be one for each bay? We used a plate that had a vertical leg that kept it in place. It was just past the balance point, so the plate would stay on the forks. A slight up turn on the dock side made it easy to get the forks under it. Even the jockeys that could manage to break a machine a week could manage to work the plate.

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Definately need smarter jockeys but once again cost.

You are seeing the same problems that we are seeing though. No it does not move dock to dock. This is the first prototype and when they approve it each bay will have it's own setup like it.

We do have a 12" deep box that we are building that fits in the sunken bay that this will hang onto. That opens up leverage and cantilevers (sp??). Thinking right now on a single bridge section and some way to raise and lower it.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:10 PM
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This is the best for the money make some brackets/chain to move fast!
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:55 PM
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Raise the lift gate, then back in. Just a suggestion, don't know if it is possible or not.
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This is the best for the money make some brackets/chain to move fast!
Will not happen by per customer. That is basically what they are doing now.

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Raise the lift gate, then back in. Just a suggestion, don't know if it is possible or not.
Lift will not support the forklifts.

Don't worry about how heavy to build this just help us design a lift contraption so the overhead door closes.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:19 PM
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I found this, it may be what you're looking for, available in 6 and 7 foot widths with lengths of 5 to 8 feet.

http://kelley.4frontes.com/Products/...elers/dv1.aspx
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